These engineers seem to completely omit the fact that the sales and marketing part of Microsoft plays the same game to maximize profit and thus company power over the customer. This other team of people actually destroys all the fruit of the engineers by boxing up all solutions into gates used to extract profit. The last thing any for-profit software company (or any for-profit company for that matter) do is to completely solve their problems and work themselves out of a job. But if you love God and your neighbor, this is precisely the path you want to take.
There is a patent that people I worked with at Microsoft created based on an actual implementation I got to work on. That idea would have changed the face of database work forever yet has never made it into a publicly available solution because it would have put many thousands of people out of work, including many Microsoft workers - yet it would have reduced the work of building data-based solutions by an order of magnitude. This is a precise example of what I mean by the sales and marketing guys controlling the engineers and destroying their work.
Adam and Eve ate the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in order to get the technology to learn and grow in a way that would lead to them being their own gods. This is what these researchers are doing but it will actually enslave us in the end.
Another thing that is lacking in these kinds of presentations is a complete lack of consideration that our universe is designed. The terrible idea of Evolution causes all these wacky and foolish ideas. Nick mentions the word Evolution several times in this talk, and that is probably the root problem of his (and many others) thinking.
Technology is neither good nor bad, but man is by nature bad and thus all technology eventually gets used for evil.
You can't stop the creation of technology but you can create a system of justice that pursues the law of God and in this way creates a sane society. For my ideas on that particular problem see my post here.
I wish these geniuses would spend some time on the problem of justice and self-government instead of trying to create a super-brain to rule us all.
I like the first questioner's remarks at the end of this video (1:45 or so) but it still doesn't hit the moral question. This is because the audience are academics, that is, they are entrenched in evolutionary godless thinking. None of them can seem to even ask the right questions - yet these are the brains that are building our future - God Help Us!
I would be very interested to see an MSR lecture on super-wisdom - but I won't hold my breath.